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CMSD student, teacher test positive for COVID

Posted just a minute ago in Columbus & Lowndes County

A student and teacher in Columbus Municipal School District have tested positive for COVID-19 while 11 others have been asked to self-isolate, Superintendent Cherie Labat confirmed Tuesday morning.

Community leaders encourage talks to mend race relations

Posted just a minute ago in Columbus & Lowndes County

Following months of national and local protests against racial inequality, a cadre of community leaders in the city of Columbus and Lowndes County gathered Tuesday night at the Municipal Complex for a discussion about the racial dynamics in the nation and, in response, how to improve race relations within the community moving forward.


Caledonia Energy Partners sees $20M spike in property value

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

A new round of property value assessment, conducted by Lowndes County Tax Assessor Greg Andrews, places the actual value of county-based natural gas company Caledonia Energy Partners at $86.5 million -- a $20-million jump from last year's $66.4 million.


LCSD files $2 million suit over leaky roof at New Hope High

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County School District is suing the contractor, material supplier and installer of the leaky roof at the 2-year-old New Hope High School building for $2 million.

County property values increase; city assessment remains flat

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County saw more than $100 million of growth in its assessed real and personal property value over the past year, whereas the city of Columbus' value remained roughly level compared to the prior year, according to the latest assessment conducted by Tax Assessor/Collector Greg Andrews.

Monday Profile: Former art teacher shares sweet treats with neighborhood kids during pandemic

Posted 8/10/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

With a hamburger-patterned mask on, Ryan Smith, 9, arrived first on a scooter. His younger brother, Gavin, followed on a bike.

A gentle giant: Longtime Columbus chiropractor succumbs to COVID complications

Posted 8/8/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Paul Veal was a big man in every sense of the word. At 6-foot-6, with "hands as big as hubcaps," as one friend put it, Veal's imposing presence was allayed by a gentleness, a boundless optimism and a sweetness of spirit that endeared him to everyone he met, including the countless number of patients he saw during his 34 years as a chiropractor, where patients often became friends.

School starts in Columbus under strict COVID protocols

Posted 8/7/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first day of school always means a bit of apprehension. But this year, those fears were of a different nature.

Trinity Place Retirement Community says it's recovering after COVID-19 outbreaks

Posted 8/7/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Following dozens of COVID-19 cases among its residents and employees over the past weeks, Trinity Place Retirement Community is now seeing improvements as patients recover and staffing levels rise, Community Outreach Director Rhonda Richardson told Columbus Exchange Club members at Lion Hills Center on Thursday afternoon.

EPA to remove soil from 11 private lots as part of Kerr McGee clean-up

Posted 8/6/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Environmental Protection Agency has released proposed plans for removing contaminated soil from 11 private properties around the former Kerr-McGee plant on 14th Avenue North, as part of the ongoing cleanup process at the old industrial site.

No injuries in Military Road shooting Wednesday

Posted 8/6/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Police have arrested a Columbus man accused of shooting near the intersection of Military Road and Eighth Avenue North Wednesday.

Younger proud of hemp, flag bills passed through Legislature

Posted 8/5/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

One of the bills Sen. Chuck Younger is proud to have gotten through the Mississippi Legislature this year is the Hemp Cultivation Act, allowing for the legalization of hemp processing in the state.

Supes consider final location of Confederate statue

Posted 8/4/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County supervisors are weighing their options on how and where to relocate the Confederate monument -- which now stands in front of the county courthouse -- as research into the methods and cost of the relocation is underway.

Columbus police arrest two in connection with armed robbery

Posted 8/3/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two people, one a juvenile, have been arrested for a robbery at a South Columbus home Saturday night.

Audit report: Improper fund transfers spark investigation of city's FY 18 finances

Posted 7/31/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Money flowed out of the city of Columbus' general fund bank account without council approval in Fiscal Year 2018, prompting a Mississippi Office of the State Auditor's investigation into the city's finances, according to the city's FY 2018 audit report obtained by The Dispatch.

Governor adds Lowndes to list of counties under mask mandate

Posted 7/31/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Gov. Tate Reeves has added Lowndes County to a list of counties under state-ordered mask mandates and other restrictions aimed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Weekend search planned for Columbus man missing since July 14

Posted 7/31/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than two weeks since he was last confirmed seen, the search is still on for a missing Columbus man.

Murry Anthony remembered as mentor, father figure

Posted 7/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officially, Murry Anthony was a father of six, but the list of those who considered him a father figure goes far beyond that number. It's easy to understand why.


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